Year-end Sale!

Now through the end of 2014 my self-published books, “Rudimental Solos for Snare Drum for the Advanced Drummer” and “Quicksteps and Drum Beatings,”  will be on sale for just $5 each! The first is a collection of original solos I’ve written over the years and the second contains selections from Bruce and Emmett’s “The Drummer’s and Fifer’s Guide,” a Civil War-era publication first published in 1862. Two great gift ideas for any drummer, young or old. Get yours today!


Holiday Sale

Earlier this year I self-published two books, “Rudimental Solos for Snare Drum for the Advanced Drummer” and “Quicksteps and Drum Beatings.” Now through Christmas I will be selling these for $5 each. The first is a collection of original solos I’ve written over the years and the second contains selections from Bruce and Emmett’s “The Drummer’s and Fifer’s Guide,” a Civil War-era publication first published in 1862. Either would make a great gift for the holidays for any drummer, young or old. So what are you waiting for? Buy one!


My Library

For anyone interested, I’ve added a page listing my percussion library with links to most of the material. A lot of useful studies, solos, method books and more for the new and experienced percussionist.
My Library


“Stick Anatomy” Update

I added a downloadable PDF of the Stick Anatomy page. Band Directors, I have other PDF’s that are specifically for beginning percussionists. If you use them, I would love to hear about it and any success stories, as well.

Rudimental Learning Sequence – breaks the 40 International Drum Rudiments into a suggested order for learning years 1-4

Care and Maintenance – how to replace and tune the batter and snare heads

Snare Drum Anatomy – yes there are actually names for all those different parts, and not many young drummers have a clue what they are called

Stick Anatomy – believe it or not a drumstick has 6 identifiable areas. Check it out!


Strube’s Drum and Fife Instructor Available Online

“Strube’s Drum and Fife Instructor” by Gardiner A. Strube (1869) has proven rather elusive to find online. But thanks to the diligence of Will Chappell, a PDF has finally been found. Download it here and enjoy.


Snare Drum Anatomy Download

One of my most popular pages by far is “Snare Drum Anatomy.” Today I have added a link to that page for a PDF download of the “Snare Drum Anatomy.” It is a single page and contains all the information found in the online version.


“Wrecker’s Daughter Quickstep”

“Wrecker’s Daughter Quickstep” from “Howe’s United States Regulation Drum and Fife Instructor” by Elias Howe (1861) has been added to Resources category under Rudimental Solos. Three downloads are available. The first contains the fife and drum parts with no dynamic markings, just as it is in Howe’s “Instructor.” The second download includes the fife and drum parts and dynamic markings as determined from online research of a different publication of the same tune published in 1840 (source). And the third the fife and drum with added flams, possibly omitted in printing, but in keeping with common flam placement in other period manuals.

Wrecker’s Daughter Quickstep – fife and drum

Wrecker’s Daughter Quickstep – fife and drum, with dynamic markings

Wrecker’s Daughter Quickstep – fife and drum, with added flams


Conklin’s Drum Beatings

Conklin’s Drum Beatings has been added to the Resources category. These are from “Col. H.C. Hart’s New and Improved Instructor for the Drum” by Col. H.C. Hart (1862) and includes “Conklin’s 2/4 Flam Tap Beat” and “Conklin’s 2/4 Stick Beat.” These were original drum beatings by Matthew Conklin, Drum Major of Dodworth’s Brass Band, and were included by Hart at the request of an unnamed individual(s).


“Grenadier’s Quickstep”

Grenadier’s Quickstep from “Col. H.C. Hart’s New and Improved Instructor for the Drum“ by Col. H.C. Hart, 1862 has been added to the Resources section under Rudimental Solos. This download includes both the fife and drum part.


“Frog In the Well” Added to Growing Resources Collection

“Frog In the Well” is a Civil War tune based on the folk song “Froggie Went A-courting.” The tune first appeared in the 1611 publication “Melismata – Musicall Phansies Fitting the Court, Citie, and Countrey Humours, To 3, 4, and 5 Voyces.” The first line of the lyrics was: “Twas the Frog in the well… And the merry Mouse in the mill.” This version is from “Col. H.C. Hart’s New and Improved Instructor for the Drum” and includes both the fife and drum parts.

Frog In the Well” – fife and drum


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